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Inside Vancouver | Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Eduction Festival by Jane Weiss | April 12th, 2016

CBC News | British Columbia by Margaret Gallagher | April 16th, 2015

UBC education expert says kids benefit from learning outdoors

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“Wild About Vancouver” outdoor education festival organizer, Dr. Hartley Banack,
says kids benefit from getting out of classroom

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The Georgia Straight by Stephen Hui | April 15th, 2015

Wild About Vancouver festival highlights benefits of outdoor education

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At the Environmental Youth Alliance garden, Katrina Sterba reconnects people with the food system. Photo by Stephen Hui

Fresh Air Learning and Environmental Youth Alliance
among groups hosting free events

Growing up in industrial Hamilton, Ontario, Cara Agro didn’t have much in the way of green space close to home. Years later, the early childhood educator is more than making up for her past nature deficit as a facilitator for Fresh Air Learning, a local charitable organization that runs forest schools for Metro Vancouver children between the ages of three and 12.

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Vancouver Courier | by Deanna Cheng | April 14th, 2015

Get Wild About Vancouver and EAT!

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A tour of UBC Farm is just one activity included in the ongoing Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival. (Pumpkins not included.) Photo Dan Toulgoet

From watching eagles soar to identifying edible spring plants to kayaking by Jericho Beach, the first annual Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival has a little bit of everything to draw and engage families of all age and sizes.

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Vancouver Courier | by Pat Johnson | January 8th, 2015

Pacific Spirit: Heeding the call of nature

UBC education lecturer Hart Banack hopes the upcoming Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival will give Vancouverites a chance to get outside: “You’re just connected to this majesty of being that’s beyond words.” Photo Dan Toulgoet
UBC education lecturer Hart Banack hopes the upcoming Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival will give Vancouverites a chance to get outside: “You’re just connected to this majesty of being that’s beyond words.” Photo Dan Toulgoet

B.C. residents gain spiritual benefits from being outdoors.

There are a few reasons why British Columbians are the least religiously affiliated people in Canada, and among the least affiliated in the world. My theory is that a lot of people come here to escape their past — their roots, their relatives and their religion. There’s also the weather and the natural beauty of the great outdoors.

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